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Patrick Hope Wins Blue America’s 48-Hour Donor Contest

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Arlington, VA-This morning at 9 a.m., Patrick Hope was declared a winner of Blue America's 48-hour contest to see which progressive candidates could generate the most grassroots contributions in a 48-hour period.  The winners were the two candidates who elicited contributions from the greatest number of donors- not total contributions- showing real grassroots support.

Blue America founder Howie Klein issued this statement at the completion of the contest:

"Patrick had an incredible operation and that's how he was able to win this contest. I'm especially impressed Patrick was able to win as a recent Blue America candidate against other candidates- some of whom are well known netroots heroes. His organization makes me think they will know how to turn out voters in June."

Also winning the contest was Rob Zerban, a Democrat running against Paul Ryan in Wisconsin's 1st District.

See the announcement of the contest results, written by Klein, on the Down With Tyranny blog: http://downwithtyranny.blogspo...

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Patrick Hope Backs Moran/Connolly Proposal for Federal Workers

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Arlington, VA-After calling President Obama's proposed 1% federal pay raise inadequate last month, Patrick Hope has now announced his support for the Federal Adjustment of Income Rates (FAIR) Act, which would provide all federal employees with a 3.3% pay increase in 2015.

"The federal workforce provides many important services to the American public, and it's about time Congress recognize their hard work and dedication with a pay raise that reflects our appreciation," said Hope. "Not only must we show our thanks to these valued public servants, but salaries and benefits must also be competitive enough to attract the best and brightest to this workforce."

"Congressmen Moran has fought for our federal workers throughout his more than two decades in Congress.  As the next Congressman from Virginia's 8th District, I look forward to continuing his legacy of standing up for these vital public servants. I want to thank Congressmen Moran and Connolly for their tremendous leadership on this issue."

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Blue America PAC Endorses Patrick Hope for Congress

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Arlington, VA- Today, Blue America PAC endorsed Patrick Hope's candidacy for Congress in Virginia's 8th Congressional District.  In 2012, Blue America's House campaign raised $300,000 for their endorsed candidates.

Calling him "the best of the progressives," Blue America sees supporting Hope as "an opportunity to strengthen and enhance a viable progressive vision in Congress."

"From Elizabeth Warren to Alan Grayson, Blue America has a history of endorsing outspoken, forward-thinking progressives," said Hope.  "I'm honored to have the support of Blue America and I renew my pledge to be a loud and proud voice for progressive values in the Congress."

This endorsement comes on the heels of Hope winning both straw polls held this week in the 8th Congressional District.  As the Washington Post reported this morning on our wins, "Straw polls are unofficial 'beauty contests,' recording the preferences of those who turn up at a particular event. But the ability of campaigns to organize a turnout of supporters, especially early on, can indicate who is running a competitive race."

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PATRICK HOPE WINS IN A LANDSLIDE

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Eleven Opponents combine to win 43% to Hope's 57%

ARLINGTON, VA:  Patrick Hope won a decisive victory in the Arlington Young Democrats straw poll Wednesday night, winning 57% of the vote.  This vote is the only planned straw poll this year for young voters.  

"I have said before that this campaign is about choosing a new generation of progressive leadership," Patrick Hope said after the results.  "This victory shows that young progressive activists are rallying behind our campaign."

Don Beyer, considered by some press accounts to be the "frontrunner" in this campaign, received only 1% of the vote and finished tied for last place.

Full Results (93 votes cast)

57% Patrick Hope
17% Alfonso Lopez
8% Lavern Chatman
5% Charniele Herring
4% Bruce Shuttleworth
3% Adam Ebbin
2% Derek Hyra
1% Mark Levine
1% Bill Euille
1% Nancy Najarian
1% Don Beyer

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Patrick Hope Decisively Wins 8th Congressional District Straw Poll

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Arlington, VA-With 44 percent of the vote and nearly 200 ballots cast, Patrick Hope decisively won his fourth 8th Congressional District straw poll Sunday evening, held at Arlington Treasurer Frank O'Leary's annual St. Patrick's Day Party. Don Beyer finished in second place with 24 percent, and Adam Ebbin in third with 20 percent.

"Our strength in the straw polls held have been because we are building a grassroots campaign," Hope said after the win.  "These straw polls are good indicators of where candidates are drawing their strongest support, and I am very pleased to see our campaign in such a strong position in Arlington County."

Arlington voters will make up one-third of the primary electorate on June 10th.

Hope has now won four of the five straw polls held in the 8th Congressional District. The next straw poll held in the 8th district will be this Wednesday night at the Arlington Young Democrats event at Clarendon Grill where all of the 8th district candidates are expected to attend and compete for votes.

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Patrick Hope Files Candidacy for 8th Congressional District

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Six Candidates Successfully Qualify for Draw to be First on Ballot

Arlington, VA- On Monday, Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), running for Congress in Virginia's 8th Congressional District, submitted paperwork and petitions to qualify for the June 10 Democratic primary. This comes after Hope has won 3 out of 4 straw polls of 8th District candidates.

"Now that we have complied with all of the procedural requirements, I'm excited to focus on meeting constituents and discussing my legislative priorities as the next Congressman from the 8th District," Hope said. "These include working to bring 20 million people into the health care system, ending predatory payday lending practices, and standing strong against fracking and offshore drilling. As the founder and co-chair of the Virginia Progressive Caucus, I've fought these battles in the General Assembly, and I am ready to take the fight to Congress."

"As more candidates continue to file, I look forward to engaging in meaningful dialogue about how we can make Northern Virginia an even better place to work, to live, and to raise a family."

Delegate Patrick Hope has represented parts of Arlington in the House of Delegates since 2009. Hope is also a health care attorney with nearly 20 years experience working to increase access to and the affordability of quality health care. Hope and his wife, Kristen, live with their three daughters in the Buckingham neighborhood in Arlington.

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Patrick Hope to Obama: 1% Federal Pay Raise Inadequate

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Patrick Hope to President Obama: Pay Raises for Federal Workers and Military Personnel Step in the Right Direction, but Inadequate

Richmond, VA- On Wednesday, Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), running for Congress in Virginia's 8th Congressional District, issued the following statement in regards to President Obama's proposed pay increase for federal employees and military personnel included in his fiscal 2015 budget.

"Federal employees make up a significant portion of our workforce, both in the House of Delegates district I've been honored to represent since being elected in 2009 and in the 8th Congressional District.  After a three-year pay freeze and furloughs caused by political brinksmanship, I appreciate the President proposing a pay raise, but believe a 1% raise is inadequate.  Federal workers and members of the military are essential to keeping us safe and making government work, and a pay increase of only 1% is simply not enough given what these employees have gone through the past several years."

"In Congress, I will support annual pay raises for federal workers and military personnel that, at the very least, index to inflation.  I pledge to never play politics with the paychecks of millions of hardworking Americans, like we saw in last year's government shutdown.  In order to most effectively advocate for our federal employees, I will seek a seat on the House Education and Workforce Committee."

"Our federal workforce is composed of intelligent, hard-working, and patriotic Americans, and it's about time Congress recognized that with compensation packages that reflect our nation's gratitude to these employees."

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Patrick Hope Announces Formation of Young Professionals Advisory Committee

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Arlington, VA- Last week, at the monthly meeting of the Arlington Young Democrats, Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), running for Congress in Virginia's 8th Congressional District, announced the formation of a Young Professionals Advisory Committee. The Committee is set to meet with Hope throughout the campaign to brief him on issues faced by young people entering the workforce.

"Today, many recent college graduates and young professionals remain either unemployed or underemployed," Hope said. "Oftentimes burdened with college loan debt, we must make every effort to create an economy that rewards young people who have chosen to invest in their own education. I created an advisory committee so I can hear firsthand about the struggles that young people face when entering the workforce."  Hope also spoke about making housing more affordable for young people, lowering student loan interest rates, and funding jobs programs.

Conor Marshall, a 28-year-old Arlington resident and graduate of the University of Mary Washington, will chair the advisory committee. "There's a new generation of college graduates who find themselves saddled with college loan debt, under/unemployed, and stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of internships. Our next Congressman must understand this new job market that young professionals are facing today, and I commend Patrick for taking on this initiative and showing an interest in these issues. I look forward to working with him in this campaign and in the future," said Marshall.

When Hope wins a seat in Congress, he plans to continue meeting with this advisory committee. "My goal is to build a campaign around issues and ideas, which is one reason why I formed this committee.  As a member of Congress, I will continue meeting with these young professionals and fight to create jobs, grow the middle class, and build an economy that rewards investments in education."

Anyone interested in joining the committee should send a statement of interest to info@hopeforcongress.com.

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Patrick Hope Signs Pledge to Support Repeal of Repeal Marshall-Newman Amendment

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 Richmond- Today Delegate Patrick Hope (D-47), running for Congress in Virginia's 8th Congressional District, signed a petition calling for marriage equality being circulated by Equality Virginia and People of Faith for Equality in Virginia (POFEV). The petition, which now certifies Hope as a Virginia Legislator for Marriage, commits signatories to support legislation that would repeal the Marshall-Newman Amendment.

The Equality Virginia and POFEV petition is one of many steps that Hope has taken to end discrimination and guarantee members of the LGBT community the same rights and privileges as their heterosexual counterparts. In the 2014 legislative session, Hope introduced a bill that would ban "gay conversion therapy" for minors in Virginia because, "you don't choose your sexual orientation."

"I have always been, and always will be, a strong supporter of LGBT rights," said Hope. "This is the civil rights battle of today.  Time and time again history ultimately shows that discrimination is wrong, and discrimination based on sexual or gender orientation is no different. I commend groups like Equality Virginia, POFEV, and thousands of Virginians all across the Commonwealth for standing up for equality, and I am proud to stand with them."

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Patrick Hope’s Statement on Decision to Overturn Virginia’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

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Delegate Patrick Hope, running for Congress in Virginia's 8th Congressional District, released the following statement after a federal judge ruled the Commonwealth's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

"Today is a great day to be a Virginian.  For far too long our LGBT brothers and sisters have been treated like second-class citizens.  There's no place in a civilized society for discrimination of any kind, and as a member of Congress I will work towards nationwide marriage equality and push for sanctions on countries with poor human rights records."

"While marriage equality is certainly a moral and civil rights issue, it's also an economic issue.  State-sanctioned discrimination causes many businesses and talented workers to choose homes in other states.  While the appeals process is ongoing, I hope to soon see the day in Virginia where the only requirement for marriage is love."

"On this particularly special day, Kristen and I wish couples all across Virginia a very happy Valentine's Day.  We are proud that we can now say that Virginia is for ALL Lovers."

Delegate Patrick Hope was first elected to the General Assembly in 2009, and represents parts of Arlington County in the House of Delegates.  Before being elected Hope served as chair of the Arlington Community Services Board.  Hope also works as a healthcare attorney, aiming to increase access and affordability of healthcare.  Patrick, his wife Kristen, and their three daughters live in the Buckingham neighborhood of Arlington County.

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